Sweden invests in marine environment

The Swedish government is to set aside half a billion kronor ($71 million) for marine conservation projects until the year 2010.

Writing in Wednesday’s Dagens Nyheter, Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren and EU Minister Cecilia Malmström explained that projects offering quick results are to be prioritized. There will be a particular focus on the Baltic Sea.

In a series of pilot projects, various new methods and techniques are to be tested that may later result in a wider application.

A project for the reoxygenation of the Baltic’s low-oxygen bottom waters was mentioned by the ministers as an example of how the money may be spent.

The government has also said it wants to provide the initiative for a socio-economic report on the state of the marine environment, which would serve as an equivalent to the Stern Report on climate change.

Sweden further intends to increase its cooperation with other Baltic states in particular and the EU in general, said the ministers.